Summary: New coal-mining development in the Powder River Basin is on the decline and a decision by the Surface Transportation Board expected in 2015 could prove a major stumbling block for future development.
At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, U.S. Bureau of Land Management employees in Cheyenne gathered to unseal envelopes containing bids and checks from coal companies hoping to score the rights to dig in the Powder River Basin.
Jun 11, 2016· The biggest declines in production came in the Powder River basin of Montana and Wyoming. The Obama administration has suspended new coal leasing on federal lands, and worked to tighten environmental regulations on burning of coal.
The government’s longtime practice of auctioning coal-mining rights to a single bidder may have cost taxpayers as much as $28.9 billion over the past 30 years, according to an analysis to be release...
The quarterly total was roughly 26.1% of all the coal mined in the western region in the quarter. Arch Coal's Black Thunder was the second largest producer in the quarter, mining 17.7 million st, up 2.1% from Q4 2017 but down 2.6% from the year ago quarter.
Powder River Basin Resource Council Statement on Ramaco Rezone in Tongue River Valley Today the Sheridan County Commission voted 3 – 2 to approve Ramaco Wyoming Coal Company’s application to rezone 114 acres in the Tongue River Valley from agricultural to light industrial.
How Federal Giveaways to Big Coal Leave Ranchers and Taxpayers Out in the Cold. Short cuts, subsidies and tax breaks helped create 7,000 jobs in the Powder River Basin. Damage to water, air and land is part of the price borne by the public, too.
Coal What is Coal Coal Resources & Reserves Coal Production & Mining Coal Geology Coal Maps & Data Powder River Basin Coal Maps & Data. This page contains links to maps, Google Earth files, GIS datasets, and publications describing the locations of coal resources and mining activity in Wyoming.
Rio Tinto is another company that mines other mineral resources besides coal. Its coal mines serve both the thermal (heating) and metallurgical (steel-making) industries. Like BHP, the diversity of products helps protect Rio Tinto from fluctuations in coal prices. The company explores worldwide for minerals and metals.
(Reuters, August 24) – Cheap natural gas and the growth in renewable energy are speeding up the closure of coal and nuclear plants, putting the resilience of the U.S. electric grid at risk, according to an Energy Department report released on Wednesday.
Coal What is Coal Coal Resources & Reserves Coal Production & Mining Coal Geology Coal Maps & Data Powder River Basin Coal Production & Mining. Wyoming remains the most prolific coal-producing state in the nation, producing 316 million short tons (MT) in 2017, an increase of 6 percent from the 297 MT produced in 2016.
Coal cars stage for loading at the Black Thunder Mine near Wright, Wyo. Up to 100 coal trains are loaded daily in the Powder River Basin and leave day and night on railroad tracks bound for more than 200 power plants to the east, south and increasingly, west.
Powder River Coal Company owns and operates four surface mines in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Together, the four mines control 2.5 billion tons of recoverable coal. The coal seams at the four mines range from 65 feet to over 100 feet thick.
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated in-place resources of 1.07 trillion short tons of coal in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana. Of that total, with a maximum stripping ratio of …